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“Hostel accommodations, through and through” 3 of 5 stars
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Petra Hotel & Hostel
2.0 of 5 Hostel   |   Jaffa Gate, 1 David St, Jerusalem 14030, Israel   |  
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Richmond, Virginia
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Hostel accommodations, through and through”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

The Petra is kind of a luck-of-the-draw situation: if you get a good room and have a balcony, it's not at all bad. The bathrooms are definitely not what Americans are used to, but in my experience they were clean.

There aren't many places to stay in the Old City, and the Petra is centrally located with a very nice staff and good breakfast. Undoubtedly the best thing about this place is the view- from the roof, you have a 360 degree vista of the Old City, including the Dome of the Rock. If you are on a budget, or are not a high maintenance traveler, you can even sleep on the roof and wake up to the best view in the city!

Room Tip: Room 11 is nice and big with two balconies, and the roof is an option for a cheap and unique night...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2 of 5 stars
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Kyiv, Kyyivs'ka Oblast', Ukraine
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

This hostel to justify the money. The main pluses are the price, the location, the view from the roof and included light breakfast. Hostel belong to Muslims, friendly, but not very cleanly. The main feature of the hostel is its guests - unusual people from all world

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ireland
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

No effort put into the upkeep or cleanliness. Stayed with a homeless man who was a regular but was removed later by police for stealing from us. The shower and toilet were in the same small area and in bad shape. The WiFi was working though, it was in a very central location with nice views and was cheap. Maybe they neglect it during the quiet season but I still wouldn't stay again unless I was stuck.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Zurich, Switzerland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

Great location right in the old town, fair price, and clean. The room was spartanic like a monks cell in a monastery, the promised view of the wall did not apply to my room, the wireless internet didn't work, and there was no warm water in the shower. Not great, but good value for the money.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, MA
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

... the odor of urine from the bathroom next to my room was rather strong and in general the place was not clean. The owner was friendly and helpful, and the place has tremendous history, so it's a shame it's not presented as the jewel it could be. The views are great, both from the roof or if you happen to get a room with a balcony overlooking Jaffa Gate and the plaza. Nevertheless, the lack of cleanliness really spoiled the experience for me.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Jerusalem, Israel
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

This place is really gross, the shower is in the same room as the toilet without any curtain dividing it, not enough water is coming out of it, to get cleaned, but still the whole bathroom will be under water afterwards. The rooms are in a bad condition - the door of the room I stayed in was broken and wouldn't close. If it is loud outside, you will hear it! I woke up having flea bites on my body. The staff is friendly, but not helpful with any special requests you might have. Only good thing is the view from the rooftop.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Grover Beach, California
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18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012 via mobile

Great location, friendly staff. Hotel owner unknowledgeable of transportation services in the area. The hotel booked a bus to take me to the airport for my flight home. Instead of telling me to be at the bus stop at a specific time. The owner engaged me in conversation and told me not to worry about the bus pickup, he had it "under his control" Needless to say, I missed the bus and had to take an $80 taxi ride to the airport, as not to miss my flight. The breakfast in the morning was terrible. However the rooms were clean

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Petra Hotel & Hostel

Address: Jaffa Gate, 1 David St, Jerusalem 14030, Israel
Location: Israel > Jerusalem District > Jerusalem
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #36 of 49 Specialty Lodging in Jerusalem
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Petra Hotel & Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Petra Hostel is a large and remarkable hostel that is located directly inside Jaffa Gate, offering a prime location. We have wide range of options, we have deluxe and super deluxe and simple rooms, for every kind of budget. The hostel has four floors. The roof of the hostel also offers additional rooms, as well as the option to rent a mattress or tent on the roof itself and sleep under the Jerusalem stars. It is a simple yet quite large hostel, considering it is inside the Old City. Each floor is has of a large common area, which includes several seating areas, a communal kitchen and fridge, and a TV (shared) as well as a common library where you can select different books and a dining table. Our hotel is reachable by taxi and car (right up to the front door)Much has changed since the Petra Hostel's conception in the early 1830's. But the wonderful ambiance, clean and beautiful well priced rooms, and the most beautiful views in Jerusalem of the old city have remained and continue to be a 180 year constant. With such famous budget travelers such as; Herman Melville, Mark Twain and General Allenby- Petra Hostel's reputation is as poetic and as mystical as the Holy Land itself A common kitchen can be used for cooking is available, as well as laundry service, an airport shuttle service, internet service, and amazing roof Most of the rooms are ensuite with private bathroom. Common bathrooms are also available. The atmosphere is home-like. There are stained glass windows and light fixtures.The outstanding feature of this hostel is its view. Because of its prime location, every window in the hostel has a stunning view of either the wall of the Old City and the street below, or the rooftops of the Old City. Seemingly every room opens onto a balcony. The best area, by far, is the roof, where there are separate rooms with an incredible panoramic view of the entire Old City as well as the Mount of Olives, Mount Scopus, etc. Every landmark is visible!Free breakfast now available for everyone staying in the hostel. ... more   less 
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